- You know of course that any time a news gathering organization
veers into character assassination of rivals, that's a sure sign of someone
deliberately providing disinformation, right? And then you observe that
virtually all the news gathering organizations you know do exactly that!
They scorch everyone who doesn't share their exact view of things. So what
can you do but scratch your head and wonder what's really going on?
- I have a rule about these spitting contests that I try
to follow scrupulously. If you respond to unjust slander, you're conceding
that the disinformation attempt has been a success. Of course you have
to respond to legitimate criticism in a forthright way. That's how you
- But lately on prominent cybervenues I have been accused
of being Naval Intelligence (apparently because I once served very inauspiciously
as a clerk on a ship in the Navy), being anti-Semitic (because I don't
accept preposterous media lies just because they have been codified into
unjust laws prohibiting free speech), and especially of being "racist
and xenophobic" by a shallow European radio host who fawned over me
for months before turning on me, and now fancies himself the world leader
of the 9/11 skeptics movement.
- This last guy was a real piece of work. After I furnished
him with numerous sources, other guests for his show, and I personally
spent hours on his show repeating my one-trick pony routine (9/11 was a
colossal deception engineered by the highest levels of the U.S. government
and is the key to all the other murderous hoaxes that have followed), he
suddenly turns on me and calls me "racist and xenophobic" for
my constant pinpointing of Israel and the Jewish community as the prime
reasons for the systematic eradication of genuine freedom in America and
- I meant to mention that to Cinque on WHCR The Voice of
Harlem last Sunday. I'm a regular guest there, and also on Digital Underground,
another all-black radio show based in New York City. Black political consciousness
is so far advanced past white political consciousness in America, perhaps
because African-Americans have had two centuries to analyze the hypocrisy
and oppression that America spews out in real terms to those who don't
share the inside track to an easy life.
- As far as being xenophobic, he also could have caught
my basic message - which I repeated on his show so many times - on Sahar
TV in Teheran, twice recently. In both Harlem and Iran I bellowed the same
consistent message as both reporters tried to inveigle me into the intricacies
of U.S. Congressional politics and its endlessly convoluted scandals.
- It doesn't matter who gets elected president or to Congress,
I told them. Whomever that might be, America's foreign and domestic policies
will not change one iota. We will not stop making wars out of nothing,
because that's what we've always done.
- Politics in America has become a cesspool of fiat currency
fueling blackmail and bribery, and that's how the world runs, and that's
how it has always run - but now, it's out of control, and threatening everything
- In our desire for the good life, we have forfeited our
right to any life at all. How's that for the shrewd trade recently made
by the vaunted beacon of liberty American people.
- You won't get back even part of what you thought you
had without a serious revolution. And yet an appalling silence continues
to grip America. Even as their pathological leaders in Washington, Tel
Aviv and London set the sights of their nuclear warheads toward anyone
who won't knuckle under to their bullying threats, Americans race on toward
their self-deluded appointment with trying to ignore the complete destruction
of the planet.
- Which is just what I got from this European radio host:
He threatened me. He said, "You have to get your stuff off Rense (the
popular radio show and website) OR I'M GONNA TAKE YOU DOWN! We have to
get these UFO nuts OUT of MY 9/11 movement!"
- I respond to threats with permanent silence.
- Several other radio wannabes have done basically the
same thing to me. It really makes me mistrust all of them.
- But sticking to my spitting contest rule, I let all these
curiosities fly past me, because if you try to field them, you end up in
an endless distraction, and accomplish nothing (as I learned in the past
from both the peace movement and the 9/11 no-plane movement). And I believe
in sticking to the more important things. I prefer tangible issues to flaky
- And number one out of all this, in this staticky barrage
of conspiracy shrillness, is to see the disconnect between people and the
truth. The facts are there - why isn't the public responding to them?
- Veteran 9/11 researcher Jake Stansbury offered one theory
on the problem. His experience of burning 9/11 videos and handing them
out to his friends resulted in people telling him they didn't believe the
information he provided because they hadn't seen it confirmed on television.
- This phenomenon seems to reflect a disturbing reality
that most people refuse to believe anything not "officially"
reported! "Denial" really doesn't seem powerful enough in and
of itself to be causing this, given that such a multitude of seemingly
obvious facts belie the official stories.
- Frustrated and a bit angry, I remembered a term that
seems to explain this suicidal phenomenon. I also remembered your essay,
"A Night At The Opera" where you say "We're lost in the
music, and cannot hear the words".
- Our greatest enemy at this point in time and history
seems to be a psychological phenomenon known as "cognitive dissonance".
Recognizing this, I now struggle to see some means of overcoming it, with
great frustration and no real answers. Although I'm sure you are familiar
with it, I offer you some information on this disease below.
- The link Jake forwarded to me explained:
- Cognitive dissonance is a psychological phenomenon which
refers to the discomfort felt at a discrepancy between what you already
know or believe, and new information or interpretation. It therefore occurs
when there is a need to accommodate new ideas, and it may be necessary
for it to develop so that we become "open" to them. Neighbour
(1992) makes the generation of appropriate dissonance into a major feature
of tutorial (and other) teaching: he shows how to drive this kind of intellectual
wedge between learners' current beliefs and "reality".
- Beyond this benign if uncomfortable aspect, however,
dissonance can go "over the top", leading to two interesting
side-effects for learning:
- 1. If someone is called upon to learn something which
contradicts what they already think they know particularly if they
are committed to that prior knowledge they are likely to resist the
new learning. Even Carl Rogers recognized this. Accommodation is more difficult
than Assimilation, in Piaget's terms.
- 2. Counter-intuitively, perhaps if learning something
has been difficult, uncomfortable, or even humiliating enough, people are
less likely to concede that the content of what has been learned is useless,
pointless or valueless. To do so would be to admit that one has been "had",
- So, there is the reason the people of America won't see
what is staring them in the face. They're simply too stupid to admit they've
been duped, even though their survival depends on it.
- I was reminded of the real cost - and the real danger
- of this disease in conversations recently with two of the best reporters
on the still-free Internet: Kurt Nimmo and Greg Szymanski.
- Both expressed to me a deep frustration that so much
valid information has been put forth into the public arena, and still no
inroads toward justice have been made at all in the mainstream political
- Each (Google them) spoke of threats they'd received from
anonymous voices in the night, and of coercive attempts to frighten them
- As David Ray Griffin noted last summer about 9/11, "Controlled
demolition can be proved beyond a reasonable doubt."
- The lies that followed - anthrax, Afghanistan, Iraq,
the levees - are all predicated on the government telling the truth about
9/11, which has not, so all those other explanations are necessarily also
- Yet the American public, surely shamed by its sick support
for colossal crimes against humanity, remains silently glued to poisoned
airwaves that offer only tempestuous titillation that cover up the sound
we all try to ignore - the sound of people dying over lies we fail to challenge.
- And that is the real sickness in the static.
- John Kaminski is a writer who lives on the Gulf Coast
of Florida and whose Internet essays are seen on hundreds of websites around
the world. His new collection of essays, "Recipe for Extinction,"
will be for sale in late February. http://www.johnkaminski.com/